2014 Outstanding Recent Graduate
BSB 2005 - Accounting
After graduating from Emporia State University, Maggie Fletcher put her accounting degree to use at Flint Hills Resources, LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Inc. Serving in various challenging roles as an accounting analyst, a project cost accountant and a senior tax analyst, Fletcher has worked at Flint Hills-owned facilitiy Corpus Christi, TX.
In 2008, she transferred back to Flint Hills' corporate headquarters in Wichita, now responsible for preparing and reviewing multiple types of tax returns ranging from new acquisitions to existing entities.
Fletcher and her family are members of NewSpring Church in Wichita, where she volunteers as a kindergarten teacher on weekends. She is also active in the Salvation Army Angel Tree project through Koch Industries.
2013 Outstanding Recent Graduate
BSB 2006 - Business Administration
Emporia is cementing its status as a mecca for alternative sports, particularly with the work that Jeremy Rusco has accomplished in the past few years. Disc golf is said to be one of the fastest-growing sports in the United States, partly because of Rusco's work to promote the fast-growing sport.
Rusco owns Dynamic Discs in Emporia, a premier disc golf retailer that he started as an eBay company in 2005. The business has expanded from an attic to three different basements before settling into retail storefronts in Emporia, Kansas City, and Lewisville, TX.
He was co-director of the Professional Disc Golf Association (PDGA) Amateur and Junior Disc Golf World Championship tournament that attracted 550 of the world's best amateur disc golfers to Emporia in July 2013.
2012 Outstanding Recent Graduate
Cory M. Haag
BSB 2002 - Management
Director of Operations
Cory Haag is Director of Operations for Haag Management, Inc., in Emporia, a family-owned business specializing in the development of college, residential and senior housing. Haag has worked to develop quality properties throughout the Emporia area. Notable examples include the 2008 development of Granada Plaza and Lofts in downtown Emporia, part of a revitalizing project that has brought new commercial businesses and residential loft apartments to the downtown area. in 2011, he oversaw the development of another downtown project, the Kellogg Plaza and Lofts across the street from Emporia State University. He continues to work with local businesses and organizations to help redevelop downtown properties and housing options around the university.